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Book #56

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson Malice, paranoia and creeping dread lie beneath the surface of ordinary American life in these chilling miniature masterworks of unease. I was so excited to read these three short stories from the queen of horror, and although they are all fascinating in their own strange way, I couldn’t help but feel they are far from Jackson’s best. The Missing Girl depicts the chaos which ensues when a young girl goes missing from a summer camp. A bumbling search commences, no one can quite remember anything about her, and the accumulation of odd moments lend a surreal feeling to the whole thing. One I have thought about on many occasions since finishing. Journey with a Lady takes us on a train ride with a young boy who is disgusted to have a woman come and sit next to him; relatable. As they speak with each other, it becomes clear she is far more than a kind-hearted stranger looking out for him. This is probably the simplest one in the collection, and with

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